INGEGERD RÅMAN DESIGNS A NEW
GLASS SERIES FOR ORREFORS
One of Sweden's leading glass and ceramic designers, Ingegerd Råman, is returning to her roots by releasing a new series for Orrefors where she once realised her dream of designing cut glass.
Among the spring news, are two new collections, Cut in Number with three cylinder vases in different sizes, and Lumière with a candlestick in shiny metal and glass. The Pond series, designed in 2002, is an updated favourite from the Orrefors' archive.
"One of her greatest strengths as a designer is the pursuit of perfection. It means we can never relax," says David Carlsson, creative director at Orrefors.
For the past 50 years Råman has designed objects for the leading Swedish glassworks as well as porcelain and cutlery for companies such as Gustavsberg and Svenskt Tenn. An exhibition of her work at Liljevalchs in Stockholm opens in June, in a new extension to the building designed by herself and Gert Wingårdh.
When it comes to her work process, she finds inspiration from everyday life. "Everything I do, everything I experience, all the art I take in, the music I hear, the people I meet, it shapes me as a person. Since I'm very close to what I design, if I change, my designs will change," she says.
Ingegerd Råman has received a number of awards for her design over the years and in 1995 she was awarded a professorship by the Swedish government. In February she launched the Lumière candle holder and the Cut in Number series for Orrefors, sold exclusively at Svenskt Tenn.
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The ambition to refine and focus but at the same time maintain a feeling of desire and natural beauty in the objects is significant for Råman and is reflected in the collaboration with Orrefors. "A jar with a lid is a jar with a lid, but there must be warmth, thought and idea and poetry behind it," she explains.
The series is available exclusively at Svenskt Tenn, in store and online.
Råman's personal favourite is the Lumière candle stick. With her restrained style, she has given it a contemporary, minimalist look. The cylindrical glass rod is combined with a large base and a glossy, silver metal candle holder.
Råman has spent the last year in their house in Österlen, south of Sweden, a former school building from 1925, bought by Råman and her husband Claes Söderquist, in 1995. The studio space is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune.
The Cut in Number series consists of three cylinders. The reserved shapes are elegantly combined with cut decor in different patterns.
Pond is named after the pond in Orrefors, outside of Ingegerd Råman’s former studio. With a soft oval shape, Råman compares the dishes in different sizes to rings emerging on the water from a cast pebble.